This week the U.S. Election Assistance Commission held a workshop during its public meeting on statewide voter registration databases, featuring presentations by Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and National Academy of Sciences chief scientist Herb Lin. Mr. Lin provided a summary of a report the National Academies is producing on voter registration databases, and Secretary of State Richie discussed how his state's voter registration database is working effectively to enable accurate voter registration.
California is in the process of developing a new statewide voter registration database, called VoteCal. Since California's database is among the last to be developed in the U.S., our state will benefit from learning from other state's successes and failures. A webcast of the EAC workshop is available online. The National Academies' interim report for the EAC on statewide voter registration databases is also available.